Safari Overview

Nicknamed the ‘Coca cola’ route, Marangu is the classic and oldest route up Mount Kilimanjaro. It is also the only route where hikers overnight in rustic huts and not in tents, so a good choice in the wet season. The ascent is constant and moderate but the section towards Uhuru peak is difficult. The route follows the same path up and down. Available as a scheduled departure (Fridays only) it can be booked as a private departure (any day) whereby you choose your own team mates.

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Day 1

Marangu Gate ─ Mandara Huts                         

8km, ↑ 840m / 2756ft

We will begin at Marangu Gate (1860m, or 6102ft) which is also the headquarters of Kilimanjaro National park. The trek through the lush rainforests that will lead us to the Mandara Huts (2700m/8858ft) in 4-5 hours for overnight.

Day 2

Mandara Huts – Horombo Huts                       

11.5km, ↑ 1000m / 3281ft

This morning we walk 6-7 hours through the unique vegetation with amazing views of the peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo. Overnight at the Horombo Huts. (3700m / 12139ft).

Day 3

Acclimatization day? Horombo Huts

Optional day trip to the Mawenzi View Point or Zebra Rock to help acclimatize (Mawenzi Base Camp 4480m / 14698ft).

OR

Keep on to overnight at Kibo Hut (4700m / 15420ft) if you choose 5 days climb.

Day 4

Horombo Huts ─ Kibo Hut                     

9.2km, ↑ 1000m / 3281ft

After breakfast, begin ascent past the last water point and continue across the Saddle which bridges the Mawenzi and Kibo Peaks. Reaching to Kibo Hut in the afternoon after 6-7 hours.

Overnight at the Kibo Hut (4700m / 15420ft).

Day 5

Kibo Hut ─ Uhuru Peak ─ Horombo Huts

Distance: 19km

Time: 12-16 hours,

Altitude: ↑ 1195m / 3920ft and ↓ 2195m / 7201ft

We will make our way to Gillman ‘s Point (5681m / 18638ft) and continue on to Uhuru Peak, (5895m / 19341ft).

After summiting, descend back to Kibo Hut, across the Saddle and back to the Horombo Huts for overnight. (3700m / 12139ft).

Day 6

Horombo Huts ─ Marangu Gate                       

19.5km, ↓ 1840m / 6037ft

Distance 19.5km,

Time 5-7 hours,

After breakfast, we continue our descent to Mandara hut and in 5-7 hours we will reach the entrance of the Marangu Gates to receive certificates and celebrate our achievements.

 Included Items: 6 Days Marangu-Route Kilimanjaro Climb Itinerary

  • Hut fees
  • Professional, experienced, mountain guides
  • All Park fees and Rescue fees
  • All meals
  • Arrival and Departure transfers
  • 2 nights at hotel with half board (before & after climb)
  • Transfer from hotel to Gate and back to hotel after climb
  • Guides, Porters, cook salaries
  • Mess tents with table and chairs
  • Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food
  • Clean, purified drinking water
  • Fair and ethical treatment of porters